November 3, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Rival Washington will catch its first glimpse of Cougar swimming this year, as the Washington State women's swim team heads over to the Husky Relays at Federal Way, Wash. Nov. 6.
The setting - the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center, also host of this year's Pac-10 Championships in February.
Although the relay meet may seem to be a meeting of the state's biggest college rivalry, nine other regional and Canadian schools hope to break into the Huskies' and Cougars' battle for first place finishes in relay events.
Teams from Oregon State, Central Washington, Puget Sound, Alaska, Simon Fraser, Victoria, Calgary, British Columbia, and Lethbridge will be in attendance.
"We are going in more as a true team like football, basketball, and volleyball," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "It is the first meet of the season where it is a team effort in every event."
In order to prepare for Friday's main event, Aceto said that the team is swimming a lot more volume in the pool and have maintained a daily focus on its relay exchanges. The Husky Relays will also serve as a training meet before the Cougars dual San Jose State Nov. 14, Aceto added.
Last season, the Cougars finished with 126 points, 20 shy of first place behind UW. British Columbia followed in a close third with 122. Overall, WSU placed in 10 of 11 women's relay events at the meet.
Relay action revs up at 4 p.m. Friday. The Cougars will host the Huskies at Gibb Pool on Nov. 20, the eve of Apple Cup.
Swimming Notes...WSU coach Rocco Aceto will be on the Tuesday press conference call at 1:45 p.m.